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3834 Zappafrank (2015)
    written by IST
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3834 Zappafrank (2014)
    written by IST
Play Audio An original work by the Inverse Square Trio, 3834 Zappafrank is a quasi-improvised homage to the late composer's music and the many examples of scientific nomenclature bearing his name.
Vespers (1968)
    written by Alvin Lucier
Play Audio Vespers uses sundols (hand-made by Kyle Sweitzer) to explore the sonic architecture of a space. Each performance is unique and offers a glimpse into the world of echolocation and the experiences of the creatures who rely on it.
But They Sometimes Behave So Strangely (2003)
    written by Diana Deutsch/IST
Play Audio Featured on Diana Deutsch’s 2003 CD, Phantom Words, and Other Curiosities, this piece demonstrates the power of repetition and anticipation in musical perception. The Inverse Square Trio adds their own element to the recording, creating a piece that is part demonstration and part jam session.
Coupled Pendulum Music (1968/2014)
    written by Steve Reich/IST
Play Audio Coupled Pendulum Music is the Inverse Square Trio’s answer to Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music. Whereas Reich lets four microphones swing and come to rest independently of one another, the Inverse Square Trio couples the microphones together. This introduces a non-linear element into the piece and ties it with contemporary physical and mathematical theories on chaotic behavior (the behavior of gas molecules, electron clouds, etc.).
Einstein on the Beach (1975)
    written by Philip Glass
Play Audio This arrangement of Philip Glass’s monolithic opera, Einstein on the Beach, features four classic moments arranged for the trio. Each member flexes their musical abilities using multiple instruments and recitation/singing to maintain fidelity to the ambitious and enormous scope of the original work.
Orange Juice
    written by Richard Feynman
Play Audio Aside from being one of the world’s greatest minds, Richard Feynman also enjoyed playing music (specifically hand percussion) and singing. This short, humorous work is probably mostly improvised by the physicist and provides a light moment in the concert.